independence or freedom, as of the will or one's actions: the autonomy of the individual.
the condition of being autonomous; self-government or the right of self-government: The rebels demanded autonomy from Spain.
a self-governing community.
- au·ton·o·mist, noun
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How to use autonomy in a sentence
The group has come under criticism from skeptics wary that its origins with Facebook make real autonomy from the company impossible.Facebook Oversight Board says other social networks ‘welcome to join’ if project succeeds | Taylor Hatmaker | February 11, 2021 | TechCrunch
We described three main ethical issues — fairness, autonomy and privacy.Can privacy coexist with technology that reads and changes brain activity? | Laura Sanders | February 11, 2021 | Science News
Of three concerns — autonomy, fairness and privacy — privacy was the biggest worry among respondents.
One of the most striking things about imaginary companions, which are generally considered harmless, is, of course, their apparent autonomy.Can You Treat Loneliness By Creating an Imaginary Friend? - Facts So Romantic | Jim Davies | January 15, 2021 | Nautilus
So really, it’s about giving people autonomy to do their jobs while giving them the support they need to make sure that they’re not operating from a place of fear.Award-winning tips from the 2020 Search Engine Land SEM and SEO agencies of the year | Carolyn Lyden | January 14, 2021 | Search Engine Land
Islamic State brought “peace, autonomy, zero corruption, low crime-rate,” he Tweeted last month.
“Gardens can provide kids with disabilities a greater level of autonomy,” said Fried.
Liberal learning is said to prepare one for autonomy and for citizenship.College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School | Michael S. Roth | August 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But now that the company is giving her more autonomy, she pitches content as often as they pitch to her.Inside StyleHaul, the Largest Fashion Network on YouTube You’ve Never Heard Of | Lizzie Crocker | August 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The point at which autonomy should be handed over to the child is less clear when parenting children with cognitive disabilities.Is It Wrong for Parents to Lock Up Their Disabled Kids? | Elizabeth Picciuto | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Jursans, it developed, would give up demands for autonomy and resume allegiance to the Empire.The Envoy, Her | Horace Brown Fyfe
Moreover, the greater part of the Phnician towns enjoyed, under the Seleucid, a certain autonomy favourable to their industry.History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2 | Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
The victory of craft autonomy over the "one big union" was decisive and complete.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States | Selig Perlman
It is not, however, open to much doubt that the Department was not a very successful custodian of the trade autonomy principle.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States | Selig Perlman
In the same capacity they exercise a degree of local autonomy greater than that which is vested in the communes of France.Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for autonomy
the right or state of self-government, esp when limited
a state, community, or individual possessing autonomy
freedom to determine one's own actions, behaviour, etc
the doctrine that the individual human will is or ought to be governed only by its own principles and laws: See also categorical imperative
the state in which one's actions are autonomous
- autonomist, noun
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